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A charming lodge, allying luxury and wild nature in a typically tropical environment, the Princesse Bora Lodge & Spa is a warm and human-sized hotel. It is located on Sainte-Marie Island, in the East of Madagascar.
Graduate of The Architecture school of Paris La Villette in April 1996, Sophie Démichilis specializes in Ecological Habitat. With international experience, especially in Senegal where she contributed to the design of a hospital, she built Princesse Bora and created this beautiful place in 1999.
Princesse Bora Lodge & Spa is an Ecotourist destination.


Free Hotel Services
  • 25 meters swimming-pool
  • Pontoon with deckchairs and natural swimming-pool
  • Wifi space
  • Bicycles
  • Bicycle baby chair upon request
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Paddle / Kayak
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Cradle with mosquito net upon request
  • Baby high chair at the restaurant
  • Airport transfer (zebu cart/car)
  • Board games, library, piano
  • Children’s playroom
  • Table tennis, beach volley
  • Conferences about marine mammals (during whales season)
Paying hotel services:
  • IVAHONA shop
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Snack
  • Spa
  • Dive center
  • Nautical sports: water skiing, wakeboard, fishing, towed buoy
  • Motorcycle/scooter rentals
  • Quad/4×4 guided tours
  • Boat tours
  • Mountain bike tours
  • Laundry
  • Money change
  • Transfer to/from port
  • Babysitting

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Quad, motorbike or 4×4 in Sainte-Marie
Discover Sainte-Marie by quad, 4×4 or motorbike. Explore the most beautiful landscapes of Sainte-Marie during a day of adventure. With a guide, you will across small villages, forests, wild beaches, mangroves, rice fields and so much more. You will learn everything about vanilla, cinnamon, clove and orchids, and the Malagasy way of life…
Hiking and mountain biking in Sainte-Marie
Get off the beaten track and explore Sainte-Marie Island with our mountain bikes. Between breathtaking scenery and turquoise lagoons, you will find beautiful places in a lush nature.
Climbing in Sainte-Marie
In a paradisiacal setting and in the middle of nature, Cocobay in the North of the island has been arranged to welcome the climbers. Accessible to all, six channels have been created, ranging from 5A level to 6A+ level.

Experience diving in Sainte-Marie, Madagascar at the Bora Dive & Research. The diving and oceanic research center of Princesse Bora Lodge and Spa, is located right next to the lagoon. Everything has been thought off in order to make your first dive(s) unique and fun. The center has quality equipment and qualified PADI instructors. Diving programs are adapted for all levels of divers, starting with initiations in the swimming pool for children from 8 old and above.

Diving in Sainte-Marie, Madagascar
Discover the coral reefs of Sainte-Marie, shipwrecks, or try a night dive.
You can also do all PADI certifications.

Bora Kite is a kitesurfing center located in the southeastern coast of Sainte-Marie Island in Madagascar facing the Ankarena lagoon, 4 kilometers from the Princesse Bora lodge. The Austral winter (May to September) allows having constant winds of dominant South – South East.

Kitesurfing in Sainte-Marie, Madagascar has never been easier. Attend the Bora Kite School, rent all the equipment you require and and get all the assistance you might need.


Snorkeling in Sainte-Marie
Snorkeling equipment is available for free at the Diving Center. You will be able to observe the colorful fishes on the reef, in front of the Lodge. Equipment is also available for children.
Watersports in Sainte-Marie
Wakeboarding, water skiing, buoy, fun and thrills for people of all ages’ pleasure.
Fishing in Sainte-Marie
Barracuda, bonita, jackfish, sea bream, snapper … so many varieties for the enthusiasts of Jig, Popper.

The humpback whales are listed in several places around the world. In the southern hemisphere, they migrate during winter from Antarctica to warmer water for reproduction and for giving birth. That takes place when they are coming in Sainte-Marie channel in Madagascar.
The humpback whales can reach up to 16 meters long and can weigh up to 30 tons!
Every year, from July 1st to the end of September, Princesse Bora Lodge & Spa, with CétaMada NGO, organizes daily whale-watching experiences. It is the opportunity to discover this marine mammal with an eco-guide who will answer all your questions.
Departure is every morning from the Princesse Bora Lodge and Spa’s beach, with our boat, for three hours of whale watching. You will contribute, by this way, to the CétaMada data scientific collection.

Leave the Lodge by boat to spend a timeless day at Cocobay, a property of Princesse Bora Lodge and Spa, in the North of Sainte-Marie in Madagascar.
Black granite rocks gently rest in crystalline waters, surrounded by thousands of coconut trees. This combination gives the place a breathtaking atmosphere. Your program when reaching Cocobay is snorkeling, fish barbecue under the trees, farniente, stroll and of course taking in the breathtaking views.

Have a picnic on the sand islands, often colonized by numerous birds. It is an unexpected place surrounded by the Indian Ocean and with a view on the island of Sainte-Marie’s East coast.

Reach the tiny island of Ile Aux Nattes in Sainte-Marie situated just a few minutes from the Princesse Bora Lodge with a traditional pirogue. Once there, island transit can only be made by foot, across a small path that leads to an ancient lighthouse. Take your way back by taking a path on paradisiacal beaches, just like in a dream.


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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